Love With Obstacles
The different meanings of love —its strategies, forms of manifestation, intimacies, and forms of public production —form the backdrop of Dora García’s works.
Love with Obstacles focused on the extraordinary career of Alexandra Kollontai (St. Petersburg, 1872 - Moscow, 1952), an author, Marxist feminist, October revolutionary, political exile and diplomat. Garcia’s film draws inspiration from Kollontai’s legacy conserved in the Moscow archives and asks a pressing question: What has and hasn’t been told about Kollontai and her vision for the future of a socialist feminist revolution? Love with Obstacles is the first installment of Garcia’s feature film Amor Rojo, a cinematic portrait of this extraordinary woman whose life spans across a century of feminism, from its first wave to its fourth and fifth, across a couple of oceans and from Russia to Mexico and the Pacific. (When completed, the film will be exhibited at Amant in 2022.) Kollontai’s legacy is central to any genealogy of modern feminism and its role in the history of ideas. The feminist movement’s renewed surge owes much to the inspiration of women like Alexandra Kollontai.
written by Alexandra Kollontai.